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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,621 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,621
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 406
Gots: 583 | FT: 20
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of DIM
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: This brew was a very dark brown with shiny ruby highlights. It poured with a large, long lasting, light tan head.

s: Wow, sweet, slightly smoky, malts that smell of almost burned brown sugar or molasses. There are also hints of dark fruits and a little alcoholic heat.

t: I had no idea this is what a doppelbock could be. I might have to go back and lower some scores elsewhere because nothing I've had comes close to this. Mildy sweet and slightly smoky malts with flavors of chocolate, nutty coffee, and maybe some mild fruits thrown in. There are layers here beyond my ability to describe.

m: The carbonation was long lasting and ceamy.

d: I'm just stunned by how good this is. I've tended to ignore German beers, but that needs to change.

Photo of theghost3
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany/deep red almost black; very thin beige head. Smell is heavily malty and sweet fruits. It has a strong malt flavor with sweet molasses, fruity. The mouthfeel is very heavy and smooth. This is a drinkable beer but it's so heavy and filling, it would be difficult to drink more than maybe two in a session.

Photo of dukedevil0
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of a 11.2oz bottle at Beer School at Whole Foods in Lakeview in Chicago, IL on 12/16/08.

A: Pours dark brown with khaki head that reduces down to very little

S: smells of caramel, sugar, alcohol and some licorice

T: similar flavors as what i picked up in the smell but not as sweet tasting as the scent indicated, some smokiness in there too

M: slightly creamy mouthfeel

D: OK drinkable, it's smooth but the flavors don't stick out to me as being that preferable to my palate

Something I would drink and be satisfied if it's around, but not really seek it out

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 33cL bottle into an Ayinger glass.

A: solid brown to black, could not gauge clarity very well. Poured with a 2 finger tan/brown head with about average retention but good lacing.

S: booming malt aroma as you lift the glass up; combines molasses, sweet bread, toast, honey.

T: the malt booms in the flavor like it does in the aroma. A powerful combination of molasses, honey, caramel, toasted malt, and baked bread dominate throughout, with a slight noble hop bitterness at the end that combines with a touch of smoke and slight dry alcohol. That touch of smoke is subtle yet extremely satisfying. This is the Led Zeppelin of doppelbocks.

M: heavy, chewy, creamy, and viscous at the same time. low to medium carbonation allows the malt flavors to be expressed.

D: enjoyed this as a dessert beer. I would have a difficult time having another, and found my palate almost exhausted after the huge malt assault. However, the overall experience is well worth it, particularly late in an evening, and next to the fireplace.

Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour into New Belgium Globe glass

Pours a thin light tan head, that fizzles down quickly. No lacing noted. Color is a dark dark ruby red (almost black).

The aroma has some what of a fruity smell to it. Almost like a banana and clove aroma. Taste is very smokey. It's a very hard flavor to distinguish, but it resembles some sort of grape that may have been roasted or something.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Leaves a very dry aftertaste in the mouth. Carbonation level is low.

Overall, this wasn't something that appealed to me very much. I had much higher expectations for this beer.

Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber brown/red into a pint glass with a thin off-white head, which settles into a thin lacing.

Smell is typical of sweet German malts, offering a bit of roasted nuts. Otherwise typical of any bock style, yet offers a bit more depth as well.

Taste follows with sweet malts, slightly chewy and lingering, yet rather simple in the malts department and yet rather expected. I'm surprised this brew rates so highly as I find it just a slight variant of many a ---bock.

Decent feel with light carbonation and a sweet and lingering viscous finish. Drinkability suffers from the rich malty sweetness yet a nice winter brew in moderation. But then I live in San Diego and not in snow country, so I don't see myself revisiting soon.

Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red-brown with a small, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is a very strong, dark malt. It almost smells like molasses. There may be a hint of herbal hops lingering in the back. It has a medium body and a smooth mouth feel. While the aroma provided malt, the flavor provides hops. This is what was lurking beneath this malty veneer! The bitterness is all that remains in the aftertaste.
(rated Jan 30, 2007)

Photo of caddybuyer
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Beautiful dark and deep, a slight mahogany tinge when held to the light, but this baby is deep and dark. Creamy tan head that does not stop, and craters nicely as the glass goes down.

S-Malty, smokey nutty, cocoa, and a hint of coffee and dark fruits, yet bready as well...a treat for the nose.

T-Unreal creamy taste mirroring the smell...so smooth, the toasted latte of beers. Not a terribly long finish, but wow...this is filling.

M-Well balanced with lighter carbonation

D-This is a very nice beer, would I want another? Absolutely! Beyond that, it is a bit too filling, but for the style, one of the best I have had.

Photo of Bung
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingling dark, but clear amber pour. Frothey cream head. Good balance of malt, toffee/caramel, raisin, wheat bread, citrus, light hops. Good clean finish, typical of most German offerings. Considering this is one of the highest ranking Doppelbock, would like to have seen more of all the usual dopplebock components, not just a moderate balance of them. That said it is still very good, probably the most drinkable I've had, with a great palate. For someone who likes big beers, this may not be the most impressive though

Photo of LennyV
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a mini growler from Halftime. Pours a dark mahogany into my La Fin Du Monde tulip. Little tan head wih no lacing.

Smells malty sweet.

Tastes as it smells malty and sweet with a smoky dry finish.

Feels wonderful in the mouth. Perfect mix of carbnonation and body.

I could drink this brew all night. It is sooo smooth.

Photo of hoplover82
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As for a doppelbock... this one is the cream of the crop. First of all it is sooo smooth. Rare in a db. The aging has to be the trick. Very balanced in character.

Pours a thick creamy head that lasts. Beautiful lace. It is full-bodied and velvety.

Although it is strong, it is not overpowering. There is a wonderful and complex balance between the malts, the alcohol and the light hop character.

It has a faintly smoky dryness in the finish.

Photo of Duffman
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep and robust reddish brown beer with a head the color of creamy coffee. Simply gorgeous and highly notable.

Rich velvety aroma. Black licorice I want to say. There is something to it I can't quite describe, can't quite make out but it is distinct, festive (smells a bit like the holidays, and maybe not unlike Bechorovka Czech liqueur). Spiced fragrance, potpurri, perhaps even a tad medicinal. Nutty, spiced, raisins, sherry, cream. Decadent and diverse.

More of the same. Some honey sweetness in the flavour profile notably absent from the nosing. Ends with a good degree of spice and fragrant twang with a bit of saltiness as well. I almost want to say a bit like jagermeister. Highly distinct this beer, with regards to any style I've ever had.

A nice, smooth, medium-bodied beer. There is a sheen to this beer, it has a unique texture to fit its nose and flavour palate. It has a lingering hold on the tongue, and on the mouth. Impressive. All in all an extremely good beer but I think the taste is lacking a bit in balance and complexity. In my opinion not all it's cracked up to be though nothing to scoff at, quite the opposite actually.

Photo of bound4er
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appealing dark brownish red color with a thick, frothy head that settles to 1/8" and sticks with the beer until its finished. Well done. Raisins, dates, figs, chocolate covered cherries and a slight dampness/mustiness on the nose - quite complex. Similar tastes - nuts, mild chocolate and good maltiness. The finish along with the creaminess of this beer is fantastic - the aftertaste easily lasts for a few minutes. Very drinkable stuff and the first German beer to wow me in a long, long time. Available locally for under $10 a 4-pack - this will make a regular appearance in my fridge.

Photo of Vendetta
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
June 16, 2008

Had this on a beer tasting event on a cruise ship. Really strong doppelbock. Smells fabulous, looks great. The flavor is very strong, toasted, dark. Super malty. Creamy, enjoyable palate. Really quality doppelbock- not really my style, and super filling so I only had a couple before I switched to something lighter. Recommended.

Photo of magictrokini
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good-looking, good-smelling, good-tasting beer. Malty smooth, more body than you would expect from the pour. Creamy taste and feel, then its gone. Very good beer. Bottle comes with a little horsey toy. Wish it came with an extra ounce instead.

Sadly, I found out later that this is arguably the gold standard of Doppelbocks, so all others after this will pale.

Photo of Biggness
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown with a 1 fingered tan head with a nice amount of lacing. The smell is very nice with nice hints of chocolate and nuts. The taste is very nice with some chocolate flavors, some nut flavors and a very nice malt base. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and creamy with a decent carbonation level, if anything it seems a little low. A highly drinkable brew for nearly 7% too bad it costs nearly 5$ a bottle.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, reddish brown with nice head into the celebrator glass. Edges of the brew are lighter red and middle is black. I love when that happens.

Very nice strong smell of dark dried fruits from the malt.

Taste is not exactly my cup of tea, although I give it credit for its strong complex flavors. Licorice and burnt malt flavors come through. Keep this one out about 45 minutes before drinking, as its much better when its warmer.

Heavy mouthfeel with a bit of acidic aftertaste. I'm not digging the aftertaste so much, which also affects its drinkability. I sipped on this one for a long time, and I didn't feel like grabbing another. But if I liked the taste more this would be a good, easy drinking.

Photo of DeliriumDuck
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful head that crowns after it's left to sit for a while, nice lacing.

Licorice and roasted coco with hints of caramel in the aroma.

Earthy malts with licorice and a light espresso touch. Smooth creamy caramel finds it's way into the background. Finishes like a Latte due to the light foam residing on the top of the beer, which is remenisant of a roasted marshmellow.

A richly complex and balanced beer that I would love to always have on hand. Tastes even better in my Celebrator glass.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby red and transparent with a sticky tan head that floats almost endlessly. Beautiful lacing. Not much notice of carbonation.

S - Deep, dark rum-soaked red fruits and fig. Nice and sweet with alohol esters smoothing things out. Sweet malts stick in your nose.

T&M - So much like the smell. So incredibly malty up front with the sweet rum-soaked dark fruits sliding in and then the slick alcohol to close. So delicious. Impeccable flavor has me savoring each and every sip.

D - I could drink this all day if it wouldn't leave me wasted after the 3rd or 4th glass.

This is a fantastic brew and I wish I had an endless supply. I drank two of these about a month apart before reviewing and I liked it even better the second time. Perfect on a cold day and MUST be at cellar temperature.

Photo of Irie
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rich dark red color with little to no head. Smells very malty with a small hoppy undertone.
A smooth carbonated crispy feel to it with a thick backing.
Very malty taste with a little bit of hoppyness behind it to begin balancing it out, but the malt still wins big time. A bit smoky and sweet with a smooth malt aftertaste.
Great to sip on and relax with, but so good I can see myself drinking it too quickly. I also really like the classic German bottle.

Photo of cvfish
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a very dark amber brown color with a tan head that disappears quickly but leaves a nice lacing around the glass

S - Brown sugar, hops, and herbal aromas mix together nicely

T - The deep taste of malts and hops mix with the brown sugar and light chocolate to complete this complex tasting beer

M - Thick bodied, medium carbonated

D - Overall, a great beer that doesn't disappoint

Photo of wiseguy142
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with amber brown edges with a nice frothy head that settles down to a medium thick layer on top. Really complex aroma- begins with raisins but deepens into a rich smoke and citrus fruit. F-ing dope. I'm a malt person so my first sip of this was heaven. Not overly strong like Optimator, but bready with a good alcohol and raisin base. Super rich mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Some beers have different characteristics that seem very separate from each other but everything about this beer comes together into one. The alcohol is very faint here too, but just enough to give it some character. Here's to my 100th review! I'd go more in depth but I'm enjoying beers with friends, as they should be enjoyed, but I"ll be grabbing a case of this later.

Photo of nick76
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is brown sugar, alcohol, herbs, coffee, toasted malt, and hops. The appearance is dark red/brown and the head is foamy. The flavor is caramel, coffee, raisins, chocolate, spice, nuts. The palate is just the right thickness for the style. The aftertaste is a bit acidic for my liking but overall it's very good.

Photo of woolymammoth
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cold bottle poured into chilled glass.

A deep crimson-brown when held up to the light, I had to only look at it to know that it was going to be incredible. This beer is on a level with few other beers. Larger-than-life, complex, and delicious.

Even with all the hype, this one still surprised me.

Photo of gubbt
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish hues around the edges and a tan head.

First thing that I detect is some smoke with tobacco leaf. Also in there is toasty malts and raisons.

Sweet overall with toast, caramel, raisons, figs, and a touch of smoke. Alcohol does not show at all. Finish has pretty good length. Very good balance of flavors.

Heavy side of medium, with good carbonation.

For the level of sweetness, it is effortless to drink. If you see this, and haven't had it, you must buy it. A classic and worth the hype. Bottoms up!

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,621 ratings.